Tung-Chieh Chuang

Debut at Luzerner Sinfonieorchester on May 24th 2024

General Music Director Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Director Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

Tung-Chieh Chuang has been General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr since the start of the 2021 2022 season.

In the current season, Chuang will continue the successful concert series “Von Herzen” in Bochum and present works from the great orchestral literature that are particularly close to his heart. He will be supported by renowned soloists such as Augustin Hadelich, Christiane Karg, Herbert Schuch and Christoph Sietzen. The central theme of the program is a cycle of works by Jean Sibelius and Johannes Brahms. A major focus of their work is the collaborative search for their very own BoSy sound, testing new orchestral arrangements and exploring the acoustics of the hall. A focus week dedicated to the Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei will also explore new worlds of sound, including the premiere of a commissioned work by the South Korean composer Donghoon Shin. The Bochum Symphony Orchestra will be making guest appearances under Chuang’s direction in Amsterdam and at the Ruhr Piano Festival.

In addition, Tung-Chieh Chuang has been invited to conduct the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in the 2022/2023 season. He will conduct the PHION Orkest, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Kymi Sinfonietta for the first time. Previous engagements have taken him to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester, SWR Symphonieorchester, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, NCPA Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has repeatedly conducted the MDR Sinfonieorchester, Dresdner Philharmonie, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Oviedo Filarmonía.

The young, up-and-coming conductor from Taiwan laid the foundation for his international career in 2015 by winning the International Malko Competition in Copenhagen. Prior to this, he had already won prizes at the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg and the Jeunesse Musicales International Conducting Competition in Bucharest.

In 2010, Chuang received the Edwin B. Garrigues Fellowship from the Curtis Institute of Music. One year later, he was one of the co-organizers of the Curtis Japan Benefit Concert in Philadelphia, the proceeds of which were donated to the Japanese Red Cross to help the victims of the earthquake in March 2011. In 2012, he initiated the first orchestral flash mob in Taiwan.

Tung-Chieh Chuang comes from a family of professional musicians and learned to play the horn and piano at an early age. He gave his first public concert at the age of eleven. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” Weimar. His mentors include Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier, Otto-Werner Mueller and Nicolás Pasquet. Today, the conductor lives with his family in Bochum.


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